Sunday, March 09, 2008

Remembering Geometry for Spools Border

I spent 2-3 hours calculating today, working out a border on the diagonal for my Easy Peasy Scrap Spools Quilt - and my idea was to carry on with the 'diagonal' plan. AND, I actually figured out the inner border plans - you know, when your top is NOT a regular size and you have to add different widths to side inner border than on the length inner border? Once a person figures it out, it's like uhh duhhhh - what was so hard about that? But my eyes have always glazed over reading the instructions. Somehow, just having a pencil and paper and calculator in front of me made it easier than reading it. And then, since I wanted to put a diagonally pieced outer border on, that made some added complications, but hey, I like it! It's SUPPOSED to fit - we'll see! LOL

Just to show that I DO have a clean ironing board cover, occasionally. And someone was asking about irons? I am convinced the manufacturers build in a life expectancy of less than 2 years for ALL irons. Expensive or cheap, they all quit. Won't turn on, won't turn off, won't steam, won't get hot enough, too hot, cord broke, etc. So now I buy CHEAP, and use a spray bottle. No iron has lasted me more than 2 years. You may notice I've clipped out a photo of 'someone's wonky houses. It doesn't look like Tonya's colors but ???

My Spools are all sewn together, and I'm pleased with the colors. Again, all stash fabrics - will only purchase the batting, and will hand quilt this one.


Those strips for the border were cut at 1.91 inches. That number was carefully calculated - again, we'll see! LOL

12 comments:

Carol E. said...

Thanks for your note about my Spam comment. I had some blog troubles over the weekend and hadn't finished re-setting things... that comment came in almost right away after I posted, and before I'd fixed all the settings. Sheesh. Get a life, someone.

Lisa Boyer said...

Love the border! You know, I think that's one of the things that really "makes" a quilt. So often, we get tired of the quilt and just slap on a plain border. But look at how your pieced border just makes that quilt so much more special. Love it. You get a spool-y "A".

Mary said...

I use EQ to calculate my border math. I'll plug in my block sizes and any other numbers I need to and let it do it's magic. Of course, I also have all kinds of books that tell me how what formulas to use just in case I need to reach for the low tech solution.

LOVE these spools!

Lindah said...

Lookin' gooood!

canquilt said...

Wonderful border. It makes the quilt.

The Calico Quilter said...

The checkerboard border is great - really shows off the spools. I see you're a grid paper aficionado (man, I had to go to the spellchecker for that one!) too. One of my favorite things, that 4squares/inch grid paper.

Marilyn said...

Love your spools and how you set them on point.I'm going to do more setting on point in the future. I'm sewing my Time Travel blocks together and then into row, etc. I'm going to have to figure a border "coping" thingy before I put on my sawtooth border and I lent out my book with the formulas and I don't remember how to figure it. Guess I will have to call the borrower and ask for my book back.

Lizzy said...

Love your spool quilt. I like the on point setting and the border. I wish I was that far on mine. I get side tracked to easily. Great job on your spools.

Lizzy

jovaliquilts said...

I do like that border with the quilt, I see why you didn't want to give up on it! Please, tell me where to get a rule that will accurately measure 1.91"!!!

Finn said...

Hi Elaine, the spools are spectacular. Really gorgeous for such a simple block! And the borders will be just frosting on the cake, I think. You did a great job! Hugs, Finn

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great border and love the twirling spools! Very nice!

Kim said...

Holy Cow!!! Your quilt turned out just great and you shared a lot of great information in the post. Thanks Elaine!
PS: Mary Ellen Hopkins...lol, of course, nowwww I remember her! :)